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Wand Installation To Light Up London In Celebration Of The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. have announced a wand installation to celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theaters on November 16th. In an effort to raise awareness of J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, there will be nine fifteen foot tall wands illuminating the walkway between the Millennium Bridge (seen in Half-Blood Prince) and St. Pauls Cathedral. The wands will be lit from October 18th through November 12th beginning at 6:45pm.

This is the start of Wizarding Wednesday, a series of activities for fans as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art. These Wizarding Wednesdays will include wand training, live performances of music from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and more!

The full press release may be read below:

Next month, as excitement builds for the 16 November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, an installation of nine giant wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – are the centrepiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos.  It is set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45pm from 18th October to 12th November.

Created in association with Lumos as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, the installation also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.

“Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Further information will be available at www.fantasticbeasts.co.uk/wandsready

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
SyFy Announces “Wizarding World Fan Correspondent Search”
Posted by Megs

Today, SyFy has announced their Wizarding World Fan Correspondent Search! To enter, make a two minute (or less) video of yourself and tell about why YOU are the biggest Wizarding World fan and make sure to show off your correspondent chops while doing so! You’ll upload your video over at SyFy Wire and they’ll choose winners!

Do you feel as passionate for all things Wizarding World as Professor Umbridge does about cats? Have you studied the texts and tomes, and will use your knowledge for good? If so, we have the job for you — actual spells and magical creatures not required!

SYFY is the new U.S. television home for the Wizarding World franchise library, and is searching far and wide to find two of the world’s biggest, most gregarious, all-knowledgeable Superfans to become SYFY WIRE Wizarding World Fan Correspondents.

SYFY – and fellow fans! – will decide who gets to take up the microphone and cover Wizarding World news and events in 2019, starting with the red carpet premiere of FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.

Visit SYFY WIRE (https://www.syfy.com/wizardingworld/super-fan-contest) for contest details, but hurry, entries must be submitted by September 16 before your chance disappears! Winners will be announced on October 16.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Eddie Redmayne & Jude Law Surprise Fans at Platform 9 3/4
Posted by Megs

This morning, Wizarding World fans at King’s Cross railway station for “Back to Hogwarts” Day got the surprise of their lives when Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, stars of the highly anticipated new big-screen adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, apparated on Platform 9 ¾ to join the festivities and lead the countdown to the 11:00 AM departure of the Hogwarts Express.

From the press release:

The annual gathering is a big moment for the U.K.’s massive population of Harry Potter fans. Each year on September 1st, they flock to King’s Cross by the thousands, often dressed as their favorite character from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, to commemorate the day young wizards and witches from across the U.K. make their way to Platform 9 ¾ to board the iconic steamer that whisks them off to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Fans lined up for hours at a popular photo point to get a shot of themselves pushing a luggage trolley “through” the brick wall to recreate Harry and others’ passage through the magical barrier and onto Platform 9 ¾, with staff on-hand to help with the finishing touches, such as their Hogwarts scarf. But in the place of staff members, fans reached the front of the line to find none other than Redmayne and Law standing by to assist.

Following a lively round of photos, the two stars led the countdown to the 11:00 AM departure of the Hogwarts Express.

In the new film, Redmayne once again stars as Magizoologist Newt Scamander, with Law taking on the iconic role of Newt’s friend and one-time professor, Albus Dumbledore, decades before he becomes Headmaster at Hogwarts.

Fans can look forward to experiencing Hogwarts again when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World, comes to cinemas on 16 November, 2018, from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law
JK Rowling and Fantastic Beasts Cast reminisce over their favorite Hogwarts memories
Posted by Megs

In honor of Back to Hogwarts tomorrow, JK Rowling and the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald reminisce over their favorite Hogwarts memories in a new featurette! Check out the below featurette celebrating #BackToHogwarts tomorrow, September 1st! How will you be celebrating?

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.

The film reunites the behind-the-scenes creative team from the first “Fantastic Beasts” film, including Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films). The music is by eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (“Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Hunger Games” films).

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling, The Crimes of Grindelwald
New Trailer and Poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Posted by Megs

A new trailer and poster were released for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald today! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five films in the series and will be released on November 16th this year. A brand new character poster can be seen in high resolution in the gallery.  Watch the trailer below and see high resolution stills in the gallery!

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At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Jude Law Talks Young Dumbledore; NOT Transfiguration Teacher (Yet)
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In a new interview with EW, Jude Law discusses playing Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In what will come as quite a shock to book fans, Jude says Dumbeldore is not transfiguration teacher (at this time.) Perhaps J.K. Rowling forgot to mention his stint as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in all her past interviews about Dumbledore. Only time, and seeing the film in November, will tell.

So what’s Dumbledore like at this age and how different is he than how we know him?
As I mentioned before, there’s a sense of humor and mischief, a dash of anarchy, a sense of what’s right and what he believes in, and a sense of mystery. There’s also how he comes around to get people onto his way of thinking — which is rather indirectly. He also has a certain heaviness about him that I don’t want to reveal too much about — and that’s something he has to overcome, or hopes to overcome. He’s also got a great passion for sharing his knowledge, he’s a powerful and inclusive teacher.

So he teaches Transfiguration, right?  
He doesn’t teach Transfiguration, actually, not at this stage.

Oh! Because in Potter lore, it was said he used to be a Transfiguration teacher before becoming headmaster…
At this stage in his career, he’s not. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say what he teaches… [Note: based on a previous photo we assume he teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts]

Jude Law also discusses Dumbledore’s sexuality in the interview:

There was some uproar earlier this year when director David Yates told EW the character not “explicitly gay” in this film. What’s your take on how apparent Dumbledore’s sexuality should be?
Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay. But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted. I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time. You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.

Obviously, Dumbledore had a relationship with Grindelwald. What’s that relationship like at this point in time? And what was it like working with Johnny Depp?
I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.

Read the full interview for more!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
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